For those of you who may have missed the big news...
since I didn't officially post it here on my blog yet...
I'm excited to share with you that I am now a blog contributor for one of my very favorite entertaining/party sites on the web:
*pinch me please*!!
I'm honored to be working alongside two other fabulous blog contributors:
I was so thrilled to finally be able to share the details from Ella's Classic Red Ball Birthday as my first official post for HWTM.
within that post...
I was also able to share some photos of the party product I've been working on having patented.
So that means the day has finally arrived here on the blog...
the day to finally be able to share all of the details from Ella's party I hosted back in November...
and the day for the "big reveal".
So here we go...
With my daughter Ella turning two, there were several different themes I could've chosen based on her interests.
I finally decided on the one recurring theme that continually excited her and happened to be the most simple: "play Balls".
With the knowledge the theme wasn't "unique" in the sense that there have been "Ball-themed" parties done before...
I was up for the challenge to make it my "own" and customize it for my own tastes.
I decided on a "Classic Red Ball" party focusing strictly on a red and white color palette.
I wanted it to be fun and feminine and I kept the invitation design clean and simple.
The dessert table is always my favorite part of any event.
It allows me to tie in the theme of the party through table decor and my favorite part of ANY gathering:
I incorporated the red classic balls onto the table, used a white back drop flanked by red polka dot fabric and added splashes of red and white polka dots where I could.
Dessert table items included:
mini red velvet cupcakes topped with a red gumball...
displayed on clear acrylic personalized Pastry Pedestals™
(that's my new little creation I'm having patented)
mini cupcakes displayed on cake plates
giant jawbreakers set on the table (as decor only)
red cake balls from Michele at Crazy for Design
designer oreos from Sweeties by Kim
custom coordinating lollipops provided by Vintage Confections
custom designed sugar cookies lovingly baked by the Cookie Jar
dried cranberries and sunflower seeds (Ella's favorite snack)
served in mini plastic shot glasses
peppermint marshmallows from Vintage Confections
red chocolate covered sunflower seeds
The drink station included
Shirley Temple Sodas for the older crowd
and Fruit Punch flavored Juicy Juice for Ella and her peers
Although it's not pictured, there was also a mini meatBALL sub station in order to offer something savory to guests.
(a huge thanks to my Mom for making the meatballs).
Age-appropriate activities included:
"Ball" print-out coloring pages with RED crayons
Paddle Ball with RED balloons and homemade paddles
(over-sized popsicle sticks attached to paper plates)
Bean bag toss game with RED polka dot bean bags
the custom wood cut out was designed by a neighbor and the bean bags were sewn by my mother.
RED badminton rackets for the older children
Assorted RED Playground Balls in the back yard
(these doubled as favors too)
Other favorite party details:
Mini spoons - perfect size for the birthday girl and other small guests
(Polka dot box provided by Party Starters)
Red balloon-filled ceiling over the dessert table
RED polka dot drinking straws
(from the Sugar Diva)
ROUND RED hat boxes used on the dessert table.
I filled paper pastry cups with white table sugar to display the jawbreakers.
Guests were sent home with
along with RED balloons from the party decor,
their choice of any RED playground BALL and any of their favorite leftover sweets.
Here's the birthday girl enjoying her day...decked out in a headband from
Wearing a tutu from Tiny Belles Boutique.
One of my fave pics of the day...
It may have been her 2nd birthday
but this was her FIRST cake pop. *wink*
The coordinating thank you cards sent out after the party were the perfect way to tie everything together...
And of course wallet size photos of the birthday girl from the actual birthday party
were included in the thank you cards
I had a BALL putting this together for Ella.
It really turned out to be the perfect theme for her and we had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.
A HUGE thank you to the vendors/businesses who contributed their time and talents to help make everything extra special...
Invitation, Party Printables, Thank You Cards • Pen N' Paperflowers
Pastry Pedestals (Pen N' Paperflowers) available for purchase in April 2011
Red & White Polka Dot Boxes • Party Starters
Red & White Cake "BALL" Pops • Crazy for Design
Custom Sugar Cookies • The Cookie Jar
Chocolate Covered Designer Oreos • Sweeties by Kim
Mini Tasting Spoons • D&G Occasions
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes • Cupcake Delights
Custom Lollipops • Vintage Confections
Peppermint Marshmallows • Vintage Confections
Red & White Polka Dot Straws • the Sugar Diva
Oversized Jaw Breakers • Cracker Barrel
Round Red Hat Boxes • Ikea
Polka Dot Fabric used in Backdrop • Ikea
White Panel Back Drop • Lowes
Flower Headband • Tadpole & Lily
Red Tutu • Tiny Belles Boutique
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you enjoyed your weekend.
KEEPING IT REAL
It's about time I posted this party...right!?
And I'll have more details posted on the Pastry Pedestals for you soon!!
Still working on finalizing packaging!
My heart goes out to those effected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.